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Koa Kolane

If it seems to good to be true, it probably is!!

What I have invited is a hand made, all solid koa, made in Hawaii, Concert scale Supersoprano with paua inlay Honu from a maker called Koa Kolane. Well this is what the maker claims but the price is, even with shipping and import tax, less than a tenth what something like this should cost! I'm more than a little suspicious but it doesn't look like something mass produced from China so I'm feeling optimistic, (and I'm off my meds) so the invite has been sent and I hope it lives up to the hype.

The proverb has proved true again!! The Ukulele hasn't arrived but in researching something else I have found that is is actually made by Yiwu Skyline Musical instrument Co.,Ltd at no.1 Catfish Creek Village, Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, China. Now I have not checked the atlas but I'm fairly certain that Zhejiang Province doesn't count as Hawaii? Also whilst ultimately the end product will have been produced by a person, it was mass produced in a factory!

As I was looking for a modern Made in Hawaii and, despite assurances, this clearly isn't, I have said that I don't want it and want my money back. However it is in transit somewhere, and truth to tell as I think it look quite nice, what I really want is a good reduction in the price), so I'll have to wait and see what happens...

Well officially the seller says he will give me a refund if I sent it back; and If I didn't pay the import tax then it should be returned to sender, but from the picture it looks quite nice and the tax was less than I thought, (so I haven't overpaid as much as I thought I would), so I have paid the tax an will see what it's like before I send it back, (if I do? Though if I keep it, I still think I have overpaid a bit for it and I don't like being lied to).

OK it's here now and it is nice so I think I will keep it. As far as I can see the body is solid Koa and the neck is solid Mahogany so the only issue apart from the sellers bullshit is the frets are a little sharp.